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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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86
very good

1,255 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 83
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

Chocolate Indulgence offers a thick tan head of foam resting atop of the rich onyx-hued liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal notes of perle hops compliments the darker aroma notes, making the beer fully savory to all the senses.
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Ratings: 1,255 | Reviews: 697
Reviews by Backer2004:
Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my buddy Josh for sharing this with me last night. He brought it to congratulate me on earning my BJCP credentials.

To the beer . . . pours a nice tan head that cover the dark chocolate liquid. Smells of the expensive cocoa, not something from Hershey's. The alcohol is never noticeable and quite easy to consume, though it preferable to share this with some rich dessert, perhaps cheesecake. Notice the Belgian fruity esters and yeast, but not too much.

Nice after dinner beer to indulge.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was stoked to try this beer and well for good reason,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep but not opaque black a little ruby tint when held up to the light,a big two finger frothy head atop leaving gobs of lace as it settled very slowly.The Belgian malts impart spiced bread aroma that intertwines with some bitter chocolate and roasted grain,just silky smooth it glides down effortlessly just full and rich.Wow the chocolate imparted in this brew really shines but it is not over done or to sweet bittersweet chocolate mixed with dark roast coffee with just a hint of orange peel that shows through in a lingering finish wich just added to the beers complexity.Although Iam not the biggest Belgian beer fan in the world this American "big" stout really brings the the best of Belgium with the malts and premium chocolate together to make a great great beer in my mind.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is indeed a chocolately brown in color with a deeply=tanned full frothing head that came up with ease.

Smell - The raw cocoa is the real deal here. It is semi-sweet and mixed well with the lightly-roasted malt. There's a light, dark dough aroma here as well and together this is a symphony.

Taste - The flavors are delicate at the taste. The cocoa is darker than it smelled and the roasted character is more pronounced.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied, a bit thin for the flavors, with some wonderful, tickling carbonation and a cocoa bitterness.

Drinkability - This is a fine ale. It goes down quite easy and I think if it would have had a higher alcohol content it would have floundered.

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy brown head that remains a thin layer throughout.

Earthy chocolate nose with a hint of toast and cocoa powder.

Flavors are a mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of licorice as it warms, alcohol isn't absent but doesn't overpower, just enough for a warm finish. It doesn't exactly beam with complexity. The body is soft and full with the carbonation being a bit too high.

Overall, a nice brew, falls short of amazing. Pairs well with berries.

Photo of weatherdog
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle poured into a Ommegang flute

It pours a rich, thick looking dark brown with a nice milk chocolate colored head that lingers throughout and gives a medium amount of lacing on the sides.

The nose is a strong chocolate scent without all the roastiness i usually associate with chocolate beers. Behind that are some nice Belgiany dark fruit, raisin type notes.

The taste is a little disappointing compared to the smell as that strong chocolate is not nearly as strong. The Belgian character really shines about halfway through the drink with some spiciness. The restrained chocolate compliments the raisin and fig type flavors but with a beer named 'Chocolate Indulgence' I was really hoping for a stronger flavor.

I think the beer would be complimented by a little more creaminess and less carbonation but it is decent as it is. It fairly drinkable and the rich flavors didn't wear me out and i had no problem quickly finishing the whole bottle.

Photo of blackearth
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Pours a deep black body with a light tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate. Full bodied and kind of creamy with medium carbonation, this beer has a roasted dark chocolate flavor. A bit more roasted flavor than I'd like, this beer seemed to get tiresome towards the end of the glass.

Photo of JasonA
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks a bit milk chocolaty compared to a typical stout. More head than expected. Nice lacing

S - Nice. Coffee, chocolate, malt. Some ABV, nothing fierce.

T - Smooth. Nice carbonation for Stout. Some biscuit. Not a lot of depth, but overall good. Coffee, but not as much as the smell. I dont get much of the "chocolate", though cocoa is present and w/o much sugar its not as potent. There is something at the end im having trouble identifying. I might have to edit this later. Something bitter? Hops?

M - Little more carbonated that expected. I think I would have preferred less. Not sure what this is due to.

D - Very nice overall. Stoutish is a bit lacking, not as thick as would like. I could have one of these every so often. Overall not sure worth the price.

* Bottle itself says Stout, ranked here as Dark Ale. Seems much more Dark Ale than Stout.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this beer. A good, but not great beer. Poured in a snifter, the beer was very dark brown/black, with a thick tan head that retained well. Some lacing. Aroma of cocoa and biscuit. Nice chocolate taste, with a bready background. Finishing bitterness. Would probably try it again.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle consumed 3/19/11

Semi-vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip yields three fingers of creamy head with excellent retention. Pours a very dark opaque brown.

Smell is primarily bittersweet chocolate with some dark ripe fruit notes (raisin and fig?) and roasted malts as well. Smell is not very intense, but is very nice.

Taste is similar to smell, with bitter chocolate up front and cocoa on the finish, with roasted malts and a bit of slight sourness in the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium, not overly heavy.

Overall, the bitter/dry chocolate is very nice, not overbearing. The lack of sweetness improves overall drinkability for me. Not something I would seek out often, but enjoyable.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: poured from a 750ml bottle into an Imperial (nonic) pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark brown almost black colored murky body that's very opaque. The head is thick and frothy with rocky peaks and a tan color.

Smell: The aroma is malty, toasted and has only a very faint hint of cocoa powder.

Taste/Mouth feel: There are dark toasted and roasted malt flavors with hints of bittersweet chocolate dust and some espresso coffee notes as well. There is a modest hop flavor that adds some bitterness to the finish, which also has a slight metallic touch to it. The texture is smooth and a little bit thin on the palate with a good carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: I have had this at Brewery Ommegang during the 2007 Waffles and Puppets event and I don't remember it having any metallic flavor to it. Overall I still enjoied it and look forward to having more of it at this years Waffles and Puppets.

Photo of merlin48
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a tall khaki head that has excellent retention. Tons of sticky lace adhere to the Ommegang tulip glass that came with the three bottle anniversary sampler.

Aroma is somewhat muted. Cocoa and espresso are noted, along with some faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with low medium carbonation. Some powdery cocoa adds a dustiness.

Cocoa powder and espresso dominate the taste, as well. Definitely some Belgian yeasty fruitiness here. Floral hops and a lactic note add a nice complexity. Finishes with a roasty coffee bitterness.

A very interesting brew here. Nicely drinkable, but the chocolate could be more prominent. Seems like a combo of a Belgian dark ale and a foreign stout.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased at WFM in the Lower East side of good ole' NYC last night. The growler fill dude had just hooked up a new keg, this is some pretty fresh and clean stuff. Pours the expected almost coal black, moderate carbonation, loose, minor head and not much in the way of lacing. Nose is pure silky luxorious chocolate, with a hint of some dark smoky grains. Tasty, subtle, chocolatey brew, dark, smokey and easy on the tongue. Notes of medium chocolate, light brandy, raisiny. Stout like, with moderate Belgian, yeasty feel. I need to try the bottled version as well as enjoy this with a dessert of some sort. Quality creation, fine sipper. Nice to see Omme roll out some quality new offerings

Photo of MisterDeeds
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came highly recommended from a trusted source, so I was fairly excited, which usually leads to disappointment. In this case, it did not.

Pours a thick syrupy black that looks oddly like week old coffee. The thick creamy head smelled sweet, but not neccessarily chocolatey. The head stuck on the whole way through and seemed to hold most of the sweetness.

The actual taste was very balanced, and not as strong as I expected. A hint of chocolate in there, but finishing with a very slight bitterness that leaves you anticipating the next sip. A nice mouthfeel combined with the taste, made it very drinkable.

Another addition to the "fireside collection", assuming hopefully, that I can get some agian next year.

Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: huge creamy head, black in color

Smell: a small whiff of chocolate and a big malty smell

Taste: the taste is complex. smoked wood, expresso, dark bitter chocolate, and malt are all there...I also get a tad bit of the earthliness of cigar

Mouthfeel: predominately strong, bitter, and dry...touches of sweetness in there too

Drinkability: Not bad...nothing like I was expecting..way more of a belgian strong than a choclate experience like Young's or Southern tier's Chocolat...Not bad, but also not worth the big price

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with an off-white head. The aroma is not as chocolatey as I expected, but you do get some sweetness. The flavor is pretty hoppy, possibly some Pacific Northwest hops. Not as much chocolate as I expected in the flavor either. I drank the second half of the beer when eating some Ghiradelli chocolates and that really made the hops stand out. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. A pretty good beer, but the name is a little misleading since this is not much of a chocolate beer.

Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a short tan head. Roasty cocoa aroma with an earthy yeastiness. I expected more chocolateyness (if that is a word), but the taste was still good. The Belgian chocolate's sweetness mixed with the yeast to produce a very nice sweet-and-sour combo similar to baker's chocolate. One of the better "Belgian" stout's I've had.

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Enjoyable chocolate stout, better than most versions of this style. A good choice to pair with dessert.

Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Indulgence has a nose that nicely matches up with the title, being full of chocolate aromas, both milk and dark, and smelling much like an expensive cup of hot cocoa. Added to this are notes of freshly-baked spent grain bread and caramel.

On the tongue, the first notes are not those of chocolate, but thick, dark malts, with heavy overtones of ash, tobacco, anise, and coffee grounds, and these flavors remain throughout the mouthful. Dark fruit esters--raisin, some fig--circle overhead, joined by molasses. Surprisingly (considering the nose), chocolate is third or even fourth on the list of flavors, and mostly makes itself known toward the end of the mouthful, after a few of the sugars have worn off, as well as bringing a slight cocoa tinge to the aftertaste--i.e. for those expecting a chocolate blast a la Southern Tier's Choklat, you will be disappointed. I do suspect, however, that the chocolate is helping--rather surreptitiously, perhaps--temper what seems to be a beautifully over-healthy portion of chocolate and/or black malts. The aftertaste is mainly charred grains, as well as the aforementioned subtle hint of dark chocolate, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, while I was surprised at how little chocolate flavor was in a beer named Chocolate Indulgence, I do think the beer is quite good, and worth a try. But again, if you buy a bottle, start off thinking not "chocolate," but "black stout," and you'll be on a better track towards a favorable first impression.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up in a 750ml belgian style bottle and have been waiting a little bit to drink it, not sure why. it pours almost completely black with a nice tan colored head. the smell is malt and dry cooking chocolate up front with some bannana and clove from the belgian yeast and a little bit of coffee at the end. minimal carbonation, perfect for the style. mouthfeel is medium bodied with some alchol present as the beer warms. not much of a halflife to speak of.
this is a good stout from a good brewery. if your looking for chocolate, its really not full of it, but there definately has somewhat of a chocolate taste. however the belgian yeast really buts a nice twist on the taste as well as the aroma. exceptional beer.
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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown, nearly black pour. Thin tan head. Not a lot of lacing down the glass.

An unsurprising amount of chocolate aroma wafting out of this brew along with some earthy, woody elements as well. If you're in the mood for chocolate, try this one!

Rich chocolate and earth notes fill the mouth. It's rich and decadent--an incredible dessert stout, though somewhat simple and one-note.

Medium to thick bodied. A sipper, even without the slightest bit of alcohol heat.

This beer is quite the chocolate treat. For a chocolate lover, this one's a great pick!

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and toasty biscuit. Dark roasted malts with upfront hints of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, grains, toast, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, and some Belgian yeast. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with good toasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and biscuit. Dark roasted barley malts with a good taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, cream, and nuts. Notes of Belgian yeast and a sweet taste of brown sugar. Solid presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, fig, dark cherry, dates, and plum. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and nicely smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style dark ale. Good chocolate and coffee notes with a balanced sweetness and Belgian yeast presence.

Photo of far333
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

Pours a rich dark brown with a light brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is faint and low, mostly bready yeastiness with some powdery cocoa.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, a bit tannic. Does not feel like a stout.

Flavor is disappointing. Where's the chocolate? Should be called Incognito rather than Indulgence because it is pretty well hidden. There is mostly a yeasty flavor, some cocoa and caramel, but there is no burst of rich chocolate as one might expect. Not very complex, not very enjoyable. A big letdown, I feel cheated.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to koufax21 for bringing this out, didn't evne know such beer existed, was shocked to see it had over 500 reviews. Brown, deep brown appearance. Tan head, great lacing and retention. Chocolate aroma, a little bit of citrus twinge to it.

Reminiscient of the Rogue Chocolate Stout, but the chocolate is less strong here, but no less good. Its a comfortable easy going stout, mixed in with some nice smooth not over the top chocolate accompaniment. I enjoyed it, it wasn't heavy on any particular aspect, but I couldn't really detect anything particularly "belgian" tasting about the yeast, only the sweetness and the dark fruit thing ever so nuanaced.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ommegang Chalice dark chocolate brown with a one finger tan head. Good head retention and lacing. There's not much that I find on the nose other than a malted scent. No expected cocoa scent. The taste isn't all that exciting either. There are cocoa notes that isn't all that strong. For this to be a belgian, there isn't any belgian yeast pressence. It's not strong enough to be considered a stout either. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is at a good level. The lower alcohol and body of this actually makes it rather drinkable but not worth its limited availabilty.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a pitch black body, tan foamin head billowing thick with chunky sporadic lacing coating my Unibroue La Fin du Monde chalice. Aroma has dark chocolate, herbal hops with not much else going on. The chocolate doesn't seem real creamy more of a dark powdered chocolate. Flavor has a sharp acidity from the dark roasted malts and dark chocolate additions, some nice balance from the herbal hops in the background. Definitely not a dessert beer, I was picturing sweet super chocolate decadence. However it was a nice quaffable dark Belgian style dry dark chocolate infused ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied somewhat astringent with bitterness off the dark chocolate/dark roasted malts. Carbonation is nice lively somewhat effervescent, mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability was decent nothing too sweet or candy bar milk chocolate about it. More like dark organic cocoa powder, my wife was a bit disappointed that it wasn't a chick dessert beer.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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